3 rescued from capsized boat at Winchester Bay

A 6-year-old boy was trapped for at least 30 minutes

A section of the North Umpqua River as seen on the BLM website, August 1, 2016.

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. (AP) – The Coast Guard and a local diver rescued three people after their boat capsized in the Umpqua River near the Oregon Coast, trapping a 6-year-old boy under the hull.

Coast Guard officials say a boat crew responded Thursday afternoon to a disabled 21-foot pleasure boat that was unable to anchor in the area of Winchester Bay. The boat had reportedly run onto a jetty and capsized.

The boy, who was wearing a life jacket, was unconscious and stuck underneath the overturned boat, prompting officials to call a rescue diver.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sarah M. Wilson says the boy was under the hull for at least 30 minutes. It wasn’t clear how he became unconscious.

Wilson says rescuers administered CPR to the child until they transferred him to ambulance personnel. Wilson says the boy was still unconscious and unresponsive at that point.

The Coast Guard crew pulled the boy’s father and grandfather out of the water. Neither were hurt.

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